Usually, in FIFA Title Updates we see fresh new content in the game or some bug fixes.
This time, however, EA has given us a deep dive into its FIFA 20 game data centers.
What Is A FIFA 20 Game Data Center?
A game data center refers to a physical location with hardware and software systems designed to operate FIFA 20 online gameplay.
Game data centers house the services that allow for online gameplay in the modes listed below, and they also provide some information that is used as part of the matchmaking process for these modes but doesn’t do the actual matchmaking itself.
The following modes in FIFA 20 use game data centers for online gameplay:
- FUT Division Rivals
- FUT Champions Weekend League
- FUT Draft
- FUT Friendlies (when not selecting the Play With Friend option)
- VOLTA League
- Co-Op Seasons
- Pro Clubs
Why Does FIFA 20 Use Game Data Centers?
Game data centers are used so that someone else’s connection should not impact your own gameplay experience.
This is because you are not leveraging a direct connection to another player to facilitate the match.
When you play P2P (Peer-to-Peer) online matches in FIFA, your connection can only be as good as your opponent’s.
If you’re playing against someone with poor Wi-Fi, your game will feel similar to theirs as you’re both sending the gameplay information required to play online to each other over that same connection.
Where Are Our Current FIFA 20 Game Data Centers?
FIFA 20 currently has 18 game data centers across the world.
- Stockholm (New)
- Manama (New)
- Hong Kong
- Washington DC
- Columbus (New)
- Mexico City
- Sao Paulo
EA continues to monitor existing game data center performance and evaluate potential opportunities for expansion in the future.